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Childhood cancer survivors 'facing challenges'

CLIC Sargent

Survivors of cancer during childhood face a number of challenges when getting back into regular life.

 

According to Dara de Burca, director of services at the cancer charity CLIC Sargent, young people often feel out of touch with their friends when they return from long-term treatment.

 

They are also struggling to get back into the swing of things with their family and may have fallen behind on their education in the process.

 

Ms de Burca noted that these young survivors have "a right to fulfil their potential in all areas of their lives".

 

The comments come after research supported by the EU-funded seventh Framework Programme, project Eurcancercoms, said that an increasing number of children are surviving cancer due to breakthroughs in research but that more funding is needed.

 

Professor Richard Sullivan from the Centre for Global OncoPolicy and one of the report's authors, said: "About 80 per cent of all childhood cancer patients now survive, due to massive improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last 40 years."

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Cancer treatment news : 19 February 2011